America’s got STEM talent! Biofuels and computer algorithms that help robots avoid obstacles were among the research projects that netted 10 high school seniors top honors in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. Meet the top three champions!
Sudden infant death syndrome, or crib death, is responsible in the United States for around 2,225 deaths a year of children from birth to 12 months. But German researchers have developed a stretchable, printed circuit board that could be fitted into a one-piece sleeper and would signal an alarm if a baby stops breathing. Investigators at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have figured out how to make the flexible, wearable circuit board from polyurethane, a plastic often used as a sealant. They fitted it with sensors that monitor breathing in the chest and stomach areas, and ironed it onto baby-size PJs.
2012 was yet another busy year for engineers all over the world. From inventing a Star Wars-style Hoverbike to snowboarding in an LED-Encrusted Snowboarding Suit, scientists and engineers are exploring uncharted territory.
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Some engineers just can’t wait until they graduate to start innovating. Here’s one recent example: After watching a man with a speech impairment struggle to make a supermarket cashier understand him, three Ukrainian computer science students, who call themselves the QuadSquad, designed gloves fitted with 15 sensors that can understand the hand and finger gestures used in sign language.
Tokyo’s new 2,080-foot Sky Tree, the world’s tallest broadcast tower, is projected to draw 32 million visitors a year. But tourists won’t see one of its most striking features – a design intended to survive severe earthquakes and catastrophic winds.
Engineers began by studying soil formation as deep as 1.8 miles and taking meteorological measurements using a radiosonde balloon.